Tulum: ancient Mayan ruins

From Wikopedia:

Tulum (Spanish pronunciation: [tuˈlum], Yucatec: Tulu'um) is the site of a pre-Columbian Mayan walled city which served as a major port for Coba, in the Mexican state of Quintana Roo.The ruins are situated on 12-meter (39 ft) tall cliffs along the east coast of the Yucatán Peninsula on the Caribbean Sea in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico. Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya; it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico. Old World diseases brought by the Spanish settlers appear to have resulted in very high fatalities, disrupting the society and eventually causing the city to be abandoned. One of the best-preserved coastal Maya sites.

From our visit:

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Lily, our guide.

 

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The Castle

 

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The building was deliberately built crooked. Something to do with the alignment with the sun.


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Tulum was a great Mayan seaport, built on a cliff beside the ocean.

 

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It looks all nice and manicured. The ruins are surrounded by jungle on three side and ocean on the fourth. It is only accessible by walking down a road through the jungle.

 

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I pushed the contrast and saturation to bring out the carvings. See the face at the bottom?


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Seaport


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The Mayans are gone, but there are still local residents...

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Coati


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October 30, 2018

 


Rubicon Estate Winery

11/29/08

When in northern California always good to take a day to go to Napa and visit a winery: Francis Ford Coppola's Rubicon Estate Winery.

A bit of background: this is one of two wineries Coppola owns. The other one, a bit away, makes all the Coppola wines that retail everywhere. Rubicon Estate is a small, almost boutique, winery that specializes in high-end wines... the 2006 Cabernet Franc, the 2005 CASK Cabernet Sauvignon and 2004 Rubicon are three of the best Reds I have ever had! The estate has a long history, starting in the late 1800's with a Sea Captain named Gustave Niebaum and includes being broken up as part of the Inglenook/ Heublein conglomerate. All that before Mr. Coppola took some of the money from his "other career" to bind the Estate back together and start producing superb wine again. His personal residence is hidden away in the back of the property, unseen by us interlopers.

The restored Inglenook Chateau (main Estate building)11_08 rubicon winery bldg


Stained glass honoring Niebaum and Coppola joining
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Back of estate looking towards Coppola residence
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Reflecting Pond and Fountain at entrance: sunset
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Wine storage area in Chateau
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Looking out over winery through second story window
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